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Publication Citation: Firebrand Generation from Building Components with Cedar Siding

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Author(s): Samuel L. Manzello; Sayaka Suzuki; Yoshihiko Hayashi;
Title: Firebrand Generation from Building Components with Cedar Siding
Published: May 06, 2013
Abstract: Fires in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) have been a large problem not only in the USA, but all over the world. From a pragmatic point of view, the WUI fire problem can be seen as a structure ignition problem [1]. It is believed that the structures themselves may be a large source of firebrands, in addition to the vegetation. Yet, due to such limited studies, it cannot be determined if firebrand production from structures is similar to that of vegetation, or if firebrand production from structures is a significant source of firebrands in WUI fires. To this end, a series of firebrand generation research has been undertaken and reported by authors [2-4]. The research described here focus on firebrand collection from building components with cedar siding exposed to well-controlled wind fields generated at BRI‰s FRWTF. During the combustion process, firebrands were collected using an array of water pans positioned downstream of the assemblies. This firebrand data is compared with the one from individual building components test, which was also performed in BRI‰s FRWTF under the same condition in order to see
Proceedings: 2013 Annual JAFSE Symposium
Pages: pp. 365 - 366
Location: Kumamoto, -1
Dates: June 8-9, 2013
Research Areas: Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires